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Bullying is a BIG Deal – Part 3

submitted by lawilcox

Part 1 and Part 2 of this series have received a great deal of feedback and we are grateful to our readers for taking the time to share comments, thoughts and concerns. Bullying most certainly affects most, if not all, of our families and it truly “takes a village” to keep our kids safe. While my initial three-part interview with Dr. Elliott finishes below, one of our readers made an excellent point after reading Part 1 (see comment “Adults Bullying Kids”) that we plan to address this week. AutismSpot Featured Blogger Craig Gibson has graciously agreed to prepare a post addressing this topic (watch for it on Tuesday); I value the unique perspective Craig brings to the topic as an educator, the parent of a child with special needs and as an individual who was bullied as a child. Dr. Elliott is also preparing some comments about adults as bullies (watch for those on Thursday). Until then, let us know what you think about the information below!
LAW: Please share some suggestions of what parents should do when they determine that their child is being bullied. Conversely, what should parents NOT do when they realize their child is being bullied?
Dr. Elliott: Parents should encourage their child to share their feelings. And it is ok to directly ask your child if they feel they are being bullied. It is important to listen and then validate your child’s feelings. Do not rationalize or minimize the bully’s behavior.

iPad Communication Therapy at Pumpkin Littles in North Dallas

submitted by lawilcox

Pumpkin Littles is an educational and therapeutic center in North Dallas using some amazing techniques and revolutionary therapies to individualize programs for children with special needs. Every time I spend time with Michelle Beck, the founder of Pumpkin Littles, I’m encouraged and inspired by all that she and her staff are doing with the little pumpkins at the therapy center. So, recently I asked Michelle to share a little about Pumpkin Littles, their tremendous iPad Communication classes and other individualized programs to share with our AutismSpot readers! Big thanks to Pumpkin Littles (and the little pumpkins’ parents) for sharing the adorable photo of their two precious iPad Pals [to the left].

Neurofeedback and ASD – Dr. Michael Linden

submitted by lawilcox

Last fall at the National Autism Association annual conference, I had the pleasure of hearing Michael Linden, PhD, of the Attention Learning Center in California speak on the topic of Neurofeedback (NF) in relation to the diagnosis and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Because there are not many doctors offering this kind of therapy for individuals on the spectrum, and because my son Ethan was undergoing an individualized Neurotherapy protocol with a local doctor at the time, I was very interested in what Dr. Linden had to share. He and his colleagues are making very interesting discoveries and improvements in the areas of diagnosis and treatment and I wanted to share some of that information here. Dr. Linden was gracious enough to answer some of my questions to share with you!

Toddlers and Social Communication

submitted by lawilcox

Did you see this?
The National Institutes of Mental Health announced on December 8th that “Toddlers with Autism Show Improved Social Skills Following Targeted Intervention.”
When I read the title of the announcement for study findings, I had a “Well, duh, NIMH!” moment! But, by the time I finished the announcement, I was actually very happy.
Here’s the thing: the study examined some rather minor – but powerful – adjustments in early interventions programs for children with ASD to target and “encourage children to make frequent and intentional efforts to engage others in communication or play.”

5 Ways to Help Your Child Be Social at School

submitted by kidspeak

It’s almost time for school! That means your child will probably be in a new classroom, maybe even in a new school, have a new teacher and have new classmates……A LOT of changes! It can be very difficult for your child to be social with their new friends once a new school year has begun and as they are going through all these changes and new beginnings. As this new school year is approaching, we wanted to share a few fun ideas for you to help your child be social at school:
#1 Take Pictures

Why Einstein Made It and My Child Can’t

submitted by CristinaBusu

If you have been in this field for a while you must have heard the Einstein analogy at some point. “Einstein didn’t talk until he was 5 and he ended up a genius”, “Einstein spent days at a time in social isolation yet he was successful in his life”. On the same line of thinking we hear a lot of the following statements: “My husband (no offence to our male readers :)) is totally on the spectrum and he made it thorough school without a diagnosis. Why are we diagnosing these kids with all these issues now, when before, they were not such a big deal?”

Autism Society of Collin County Presents

submitted by KentPotter

The Autism Society of Collin County is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the Michelle Garcia Winner Workshop for social skills: ‘Thinking about You, Thinking about me’
For information about Michelle Garcia Winner please see: http://www.socialthinking.com/
For online and mail registration please go to:
Click on the Michelle Garcia Winner Workshop link.
Workshop details:
Date: September 23rd, 2009
Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm
Place: Garland Special Events Center
Address: 4999 Naaman Forest Blvd, Garland, TX, 75040

A Simple Handshake

submitted by MattUsey

A while back, I mentioned social issues but never dug in. Some individuals on the spectrum have intellectual and/or physical difficulties, but in my opinion, the social difficulties outweigh all of the others.

Autism Tip: Don't be afraid

submitted by KentPotter

“Please don’t be afraid. He’s just a little boy.”

Quick Fix Illusion

submitted by CristinaBusu

For about a year now, almost every time I meet a new family for consultative services or groups I get asked a variation on the following question: “Is my child going to be recovered?” and some times even “How fast is my child going to be recovered?” Now, while I understand a fear of the unknown and need for reassurance is part of the process, I also think that a lot of parents have been given the quick fix illusion by certain public figures.

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